City-wide athletic signing day set to honor Chicagoland student-athletes

The Urban Fieldhouse Foundation is hosting a city-wide athletic signing day this Saturday, April 29. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Any athlete in Chicagoland, male or female, who has signed a letter of intent  at any level (DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, NJCAA, etc.) is invited to attend and participate.

The city-wide athletic signing day will take place at Mettle Fitness, which is located at 5000 S. Indiana Street in Chicago. It will include a symbolic letter of acceptance signing, inspirational speakers, professional athletes, media interviews, refreshments and more. It’s open to anybody who will be attending any level of college. It’s also open to coaches and administrators.

If you are an athlete who would like to recognized as a part of this celebration, or have any questions, please contact Donna Ramsey at or by phone at (773) 234-4675.

By | April 27th, 2017|Announcements|

Announcing The Public League’s free photo policy

Starting today, subscribers to will have the option to receive one high-resolution photo for free each month.

Any photo on can be obtained for free, if you are a subscriber. There are over 1,000 photos on the site, currently. The list price for one high-resolution photo is $14.99 on

All subscribers have to do to request a high-resolution photo is fill out a photo request form. You can find it here.

Once you do that, your photo request will be processed and you will receive your photo via email.


Click here, if you would like to subscribe to The Public League and start receiving high-resolution photos.

By | April 13th, 2017|Announcements, Basketball, Football|

What The Public League will cover in the spring and summer

The 2016-17 basketball season has ended, but The Public League will continue to be very active in the spring and summer.

I might cover a handful of city championships later this spring. However, the vast majority of The Public League’s coverage in the coming months will continue to focus on football and boys basketball.

It will shift slightly, however. This site will be more feature-oriented in the spring and summer. The plan is to produce feature stories on the city’s athletes, coaches, alumni and others.

I will attend AAU events, 7-on-7 passing league events and showcases to do so. I’m always looking for story ideas, however. If you have a story idea you’d like to share, please send an email to

With all of that being said, the Public League won’t publish any stories this week, and possibly all of next week. I am in the process of building a recruiting database of CPS basketball players. The goal of the database, as I wrote earlier this week, is to help Chicago Public League basketball players connect with college coaches and find the right college program.

Once the database is built and marketed properly, The Public League will return to what I think it’s done since launching in July of 2016: provide the type of in-depth, unique content that the Chicago Public League deserves.

Please sign up for a subscription, if you’re interested in consuming that type of content in the ensuing months. The cost is minimal — only $5-per-month — and each subscription helps ensure that this independently-run website lasts for a long time.

Thank you for reading,

Eric Van Dril

Founder/editor, The Public League

By | March 23rd, 2017|Announcements|